I just got back from yet another desert camping trip this past weekend (lucky girl I know;), rounding out this desert camping season with three trips. You all know I love camping but 10 years ago I would’ve never believed I’d be the type who would want to camp, hike and spend time in the desert, more than heading to the mountains; but now it’s one of my favorite habitats to explore. A camping trip to the desert is what I wanted for my birthday…my birthday! The day in the past when all I would’ve wanted was to be up all night dancing at some bar (I still very much enjoy doing this, not to worry, I’m not that old ;).
There’s just something so clam and grounding about the desert that I’ve grown to love and crave. Hence the reason why, for my birthday last month, all I wanted to do was head to Death Valley National Park for the super bloom. The super bloom is a time when the desert pulls out all the stops and becomes covered in wildflowers. It happens for only about a month once every decade making it super special to witness.
The best time to explore the desert is the Spring and Fall. All three of my camping trips this desert season where to different and unique parks, making each an adventure to remember. I traveled to three different parks; Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park and Anza Borrego State Park and loved them all for different reasons.
The desert in the Spring is a special time more so than the Fall because of the wildflowers. Could there be anything more outdoorsy and womanly than wildflowers? I have a hard time thinking so. To see the desert that most think of as a place where nothing lives with names like Death Valley and witness it full of colors and life is so fantastic. My eyes felt so full by its beauty it almost makes me not want to go to the desert unless its Spring, but I know come this Fall I’ll be headed back out.
I know I’ve been sharing a lot about why it’s so important to find your “why” when it comes to living green and staying connected to that reason to keep from falling off the green living wagon. When it comes to changing behaviors we need more than sheer willpower to make something stick. My “why” is all about my love of nature and these past three trips over three months have connected me even stronger to my commitment to living this lifestyle.
Here’s a photo journal of the beauty and adventures from the past three desert camping trips.
Rock climbing trip to Joshua Tree with wonderful friends!
Death Valley Super Bloom Birthday Trip!
Anza Borrego Desert State Park Camping trip with San Diego Friends!
Here’s a challenge for you; find out what your “why” is and engage with it as often as possible; with friends, family or solo. Its important that you do whatever it is that makes you happy and committed to this green living path because our planet needs more people like you that care.
If you’re looking for ways to make your next camping trip more green check out a past post I wrote on reducing waste and what camping reusables you’ll need for your next trip.